Rescue Mission in the News

2013 Articles

West County Times

Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond gives hope, cheer to those who need it most

RICHMOND -- Between bites of pumpkin pie, Andrea Bates reflected on what she has to be thankful for in the middle of hard times. "God is good, and I get reminded of that when I see how people have opened their hearts to help me," she said. Bates, 61, and her 42-year-old daughter, Gracia, know about struggle. When her husband died of prostate cancer nine months ago, Bates didn't know how she would carry on.... But not all was lost. On the eve of Thanksgiving, the two women enjoyed turkey, cranberry sauce and other fixings at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, where they have beds thanks to the mission's homeless shelter program.


West County Times

Cold Snap Closing in on Bay Area This Week
Bay Area residents, lulled by short-sleeve days over the holiday weekend, can expect to be smacked with a reminder that it's December come Wednesday, with temperatures predicted to dramatically drop to below freezing as the season's first cold snap hits the region.

... In Contra Costa County, homeless shelters such as the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond expect to house more people than normally would be allowable. "We're going to be able to take our dining area and put sleeping bags in there," said Gary Kingsbury, the vice president of operations for the shelter. "It helps temporarily." ...

The Vacaville Reporter

North Bay Stand Down in Dixon Called a Success
For the past three days, 260 veterans in need got aid at the event, from a hot meal to a health checkup to information on veterans benefits and myriad treatment programs to how to apply for other types of assistance. ... Daniel E. Helix, director of men's ministries and services with Richmond-based Bay Area Rescue Mission, also called the event a success. "North Bay Stand Down is probably one of the kindest stand downs in the country," he said. "They provide resources ... with grace."

West County Times

New group delivers excess food to those in need across Contra Costa County
White Pony Express has been in business less than two weeks and has already delivered more than one ton of apples, hundreds of loaves of bread and 20 ready-to-eat meals to those in need ... Chris Dikes, Bay Area Rescue Mission culinary manager, feeds 800 people a day. "All food is welcome, but a group that will deliver it to your door is fantastic. It's a free service; you just don't find that anymore."

West County Times

Homeless programs take center stage in Richmond, where need is great
 ... A few blocks away Monday, one of the Bay Area’s oldest homeless support organizations held a small ceremony to celebrate more than $31,000 in new technology, the result of being one of five nationwide to win Toshiba’s Helping the Helpers Technology Makeover contest.

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

Toshiba Crowns Winner of $102K Technology Makeover Contest
 Save-A-Pet of Illinois won the grand prize with the Rescue Mission being 1 of 4 runners-up winning $30K technology, as well.


2012 Articles

Richmond Confidential

Of The Street: Moving in with the homeless
Reporter shares insights on her experience as she “walks a mile in the shoes” of the homeless by spending a few nights at a homeless shelter and visits a homeless encampment. By Pearly Tan

ABC 7 News Bay Area

Rescue Mission in need of donations
Walk into the doors of the Bay Area Rescue Mission and you know right away that it isn’t your typical center serving the homeless and drug addicted.

Contra Costa Times

Community Meal in Walnut Creek Offers Food, Companionship link to 
People are people regardless of their circumstances -- especially when they have plates of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie in front of them. About 200 people, many of whom were homeless or without families, shared fellowship and stories during a free community Thanksgiving meal Thursday afternoon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Accent Advocate at CCC

Homemade Hope   
Seemingly endless bowls of hot soup warmed the stomachs of people from the community on an overcast day. Contra Costa College’s culinary arts and fine art departments worked together to raise funds for the Bay Area Rescue Mission at the second annual “Empty Bowls Project” in the Three Seasons Restaurant on Friday.

Contra Costa Times


Come Eat & Help at Community Thanksgiving Meal
The Bay Area Rescue Mission, working with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, other local houses of worship and various Walnut Creek individuals, is organizing a Walnut Creek Thanksgiving Day Community Meal. All are invited -- not only to eat, but to volunteer with pre- and post-meal work and with donations of food and money. 

 Contra Costa Times

Walnut Creek homeless aid program transitions to Trinity Center
The Fresh Start homeless and working-poor program handed its operation off to the newly christened Trinity Center, in the same location owned by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Trinity Avenue. The Richmond-based Bay Area Rescue Mission is organizing the Thanksgiving meal, with support from Walnut Creek churches.


Contra Costa Times

More Healthy Outreach
Fifty new bicycles were given to Richmond area children on Wednesday by a 7-year-old South Bay-based group called TurningWheels For Kids


Contra Costa Times

Rescue Mission Seeks A Hand
The Bay Area Rescue Mission, faced with decreased donations and rising expenses, is reporting that it has had to lay off five employees and is issuing a call for assistance.